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PERSPECTIVE/VIEWPOINT - COUNTRY/REGIONAL
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106-108

Mental Health and Healthcare in Canada during the COVID-19 Epidemic: A Social Perspective


Governing Council and Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Ontario; Board, Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry/Association Canadienne de Psychiatrie Sociale, Montreal, Quebec; Mental Health and Addictions Program, Humber River Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Board, World Psychiatric Association, Geneva, Switzerland

Correspondence Address:
Dr. K Sonu Gaind
Mental Health and Addictions Program, Humber River Hospital, 1235 Wilson Avenue, Toronto

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/WSP.WSP_45_20

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The impacts of COVID-19, both through its direct infectious sequelae, and through massive changes to our societal and health system functioning, are being felt differentially by different populations. In many ways, the disproportionate negative impacts are highlighting preexisting fault lines in our social fabric. Lessons learned during this epidemic can hopefully help guide long-term improvements to models of health-care delivery, and also draw attention to needed social changes for addressing vulnerable marginalized populations and inequities, and improving social resilience.


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